Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 240326
Cannot use yum as non-root
Last modified: 2007-12-10 15:02:50 EST
Description of problem:
Yum has several features and modes of operation for non-root users. However, as
Yum can't read the RHN configuration as non-root all of these operations fail
regarding any RHN channels.
$ yum list 'tomcat5*'
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Loading "fedorakmod" plugin
Loading "rhnplugin" plugin
This system is not registered with RHN.
RHN support will be disabled.
Setting up repositories
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Using root or sudo and yum lists out the tomcat5 packages from RHN as would be
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
This is going to be disorienting to users at MIT.
People are used to up2date NOT complaining of no RHN registration when run as non-root.
User firstname.lastname@example.org's account has been closed
Is there a status update on this problem?
A month has gone by.
Red Hat customers have been being bit by this problem.
Red Hat support has had to deal with customers being bit by this problem.
Is there a candidtate fix?
Is Red Hat content to look stupid for having dropped up2date and adopted yum?
Is this an easy thing to fix or a difficult thing to fix?
Has anyone even made that assessment yet?
This is being marked as a dupe of bug 222327.
Within bug 222327 - we have committed code into the yum-rhn-plugin, which should
unload/remove the plugin if yum is being run as a non-root user.
This is being tracked for inclusion (pending QA) into the Beta and then final
versions of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 - update 2 release.
bz#222327 if yum run as a non-root user notify the user RHN repo is not accessible
--- rhnplugin.py 2007-12-04 18:54:55 UTC (rev 134462)
+++ rhnplugin.py 2007-12-04 19:39:51 UTC (rev 134463)
@@ -51,6 +51,13 @@
RHN_DISABLED = _("RHN support will be disabled.")
+ if not os.geteuid()==0:
+ # If non-root notify user RHN repo not accessible
+ conduit.error(0, _("*Note* Red Hat Network repositories are not listed
below. You must run this command as root to access RHN repositories.") + "\n" +
+ rhn_enabled = False
up2date_cfg = config.initUp2dateConfig()
proxy_url = get_proxy_url(up2date_cfg)
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 222327 ***
Thank you very much for the information. That is EXTREMELY helpful in understanding the root cause of
the problem, and in knowing when to expect a remedy.